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United States lead by one after two rounds at the 33rd World Amateur Team Championship

Nick Dunlap of the United States of America at the 18th hole during the second round of the World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

The United States of America’s Nick Dunlap, who is No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR®, tallied seven birdies en route to a 5-under 67 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club to position the Americans one stroke clear of France and the People’s Republic of China through the second round of the 33rd World Amateur Team Championship.

Team Canada currently sits tied for 27th at even par 288. Ashton McCulloch of Kingston, Ont. lead the way for Canada on Thursday by firing a 2-under 70 to sit at even par for the tournament. Brady McKinlay of Lacombe, Alta. recorded an even par 72 for the second straight day. Their scores counted towards the combined team score to help move Canada from 2-over to even par after two rounds. Teammate Piercen Hunt of Hartland, Wis. finished with a 2-over 74 and is now at 10-over for the tournament.

USA also used a 2-under 70 from world No. 2 Gordon Sargent, who officially earned PGA Tour membership on Wednesday via PGA Tour University Accelerated, for a two-day total of 16-under 272. After a slow team start, Dunlap and Sargent combined for five birdies during a four-hole stretch at the conclusion of their first nine.

France, which held a share of the lead at the start of the day, was led by 15-year-old Hugo Le Goff’s 4-under 68 and a 2-under 70 from 2023 U.S. Open qualifier Bastien Amat. Hugo, a 2023 R&A Boys’ Amateur semifinalist, had an eagle and three birdies through his first seven holes.

The People’s Republic of China, which finished in a tie for 31st last year in France, moved up six places on the leader board on the strength of a 5-under 67 from Zihang Qiu and a 4-under 68 from Justin Bai, who has committed to play at the University of Washington in 2024.

Australia remains two strokes behind the USA in a tie for fourth place with Czechia on the strength of another steady day from two-time Australian Junior Amateur champion Jeffrey Guan and Stanford University senior Karl Vilips. Guan and Vilips, who qualified for the 2023 U.S. Open, traded a pair of 67s and 68s during the first two rounds to lead the Aussies to a 14-under total of 270.

Frederik Kjettrup rebounded from an opening-round 75 with a 5-under 67 on Thursday to position Demark in a tie for sixth alongside Argentina at 275. Jacob Skov Olesen added a 71 for Denmark.

Completing the top 10 are Mexico and The Netherlands with team totals of 12-under 276. 


France’s Le Goff (9-under 135) leads the individual leaderboard by one stroke over Czechia’s Filip Jakubcik, Italy’s Pietro Bovari, the People’s Republic of China’s Zihang Qiu and the USA’s Nick Dunlap.

Bovari made two eagles during his second-round 5-under 67 for the defending champion Italian team, which sits in a tie for 15th place. Italy is attempting to become the first team to win consecutive WATC titles since the USA did so in 2012 and 2014.

Mexico and Norway made the largest moves of the day, both climbing 13 places. Mexico jumped into a tie for eighth, while Norway moved into a tie for 11th thanks to an 8-under 64 from Herman Sekne that included nine birdies. Sekne’s 64 is the lowest round of the championship thus far.

Australia, the People’s Republic of China and the USA are the only countries with two players in the top 10 of the individual leader board.

With his U.S. Amateur win in August, Nick Dunlap joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Amateur. 

What’s Next: 

Round 3 begins Friday at 6:30 a.m. local time with a two-tee start on the National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Results from Thursday’s second round of the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships, played at par-72 Abu Dhabi Golf Club (National Course), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

1      United States of America 135-137–272
        Nick Dunlap 69-67–136
        Gordon Sargent 67-70–137
        David Ford 68-74—142

T2    People’s Republic of China 138-135–273
        Zihang Qiu 69-67–136
        Justin Bai 69-68–137
        Ziqin Zhou 76-69—145

T2    France 135-138–273
        Hugo Le Goff 67-68–135
        Bastien Amat 68-70–138
        Paul Beauvy 68-73—141

T4    Czechia 139-135–274
        Filip Jakubcik 69-67–136
        Petr Hruby 72-68–140
        Louis Klein 70-72—142

T4    Australia 137-137–274
        Karl Vilips 69-68–137
        Jeff Guan 68-69–137
        Jack Buchanan 76-72—148

T6    Argentina 137-138–275
        Vicente Marzilio 69-68–137
        Joaquín Ludueña 70-70–140
        Segundo Oliva Pinto 68-72—140

T6    Denmark 137-138–275
        Frederik Kjettrup 75-67–142
        Jacob Olesen 68-71–139
        Gustav Frimodt 69-75—144

T8    Mexico 143-133–276
        Santiago De La Fuente del Valle 71-66–137
        José Islas Valdespino 75-67–142
        Omar Morales 72-68—140

T8    Netherlands 136-140–276
        Jack Ingham 70-70–140
        Lars van der Vight 77-70–147
        Benjamin Reuter 66-71—137

10    South Africa 139-138–277
        Christo Lamprecht 71-68–139
        Christiaan Maas 70-70–140
        Altin van der Merwe 69-71—140

T11  New Zealand 139-139–278
        Jayden Ford 74-69–143
        Kazuma Kobori 70-70–140
        Sam Jones 69-72—141

T11  Spain 138-140–278
        Luis Masaveu Roncal 69-70–139
        Angel Ayora 71-70–141
        José Luis Ballester 69-72—141

T11  Norway 144-134–278
        Herman Sekne 73-64–137
        Michael Mjaaseth 71-70–141
        Mats Ege 75-77—152

14    Chinese Taipei 143-136–279
        Chuan-Tai Lin 72-66–138
        Ching Hung Su 71-70–141
        Chi Chun Chen 74-77—151

T15  England 137-143–280
        Tyler Weaver 68-71–139
        Jack Bigham 72-72–144
        Barclay Brown 69-73—142

T15  Italy 142-138–280
        Pietro Bovari 69-67–136
        Riccardo Fantinelli 74-71–145
        Flavio Michetti 73-73—146

T17  Colombia 142-139–281
        Nicolas Quintero 69-69–138
        Manuel Merizalde 76-70–146
        Carlos Conde 73-72—145

T17  Scotland 141-140–281
        Calum Scott 71-69–140
        Connor Graham 70-71–141
        Gregor Tait 78-79—157

T17  Wales 142-139–281

        James Ashfield 72-68–140
        Tomi Bowen 70-71–141
        Matt Roberts 75-71—146

T20  Japan 142-140–282
        Minato Oshima 70-70–140
        Yuta Sugiura 72-70–142
        Riura Matsui 75-70—145

T20  Germany 141-141–282
        Jonas Baumgartner 71-70–141
        Tiger Christensen 73-71–144
        Tim Wiedemeyer 70-72—142

22    Morocco 141-142–283
        Soufiane Dahmane 69-69–138
        El Mehdi Fakori 75-73–148
        Hugo Mazen Trometter 72-74—146

T23  Ireland 145-139–284
        Matthew McClean 72-68–140
        Liam Nolan 75-71–146
        Alex Maguire 73-73—146

T23  Switzerland 142-142–284
        Max Sturdza 70-68–138
        Nicola Gerhardsen 74-74–148
        Marc Keller 72-80—152

T25  Sweden 145-141–286
        Albert Hansson 79-70–149
        Daniel Svard 70-71–141
        Tobias Jonsson 75-71—146

T25  Republic of Korea 144-142–286

        Seonghyeon An 73-70–143
        Donghyun Moon 71-72–143
        Sungho Lee 74-72—146

T27  Finland 149-139–288
        Elias Haavisto 77-67–144
        Jesse Saareks 74-72–146
        Markus Luoma 75-75—150

T27  Canada 146-142–288
        Ashton McCulloch 74-70–144
        Brady McKinlay 72-72–144
        Piercen Hunt 80-74—154

29    Guatemala 146-143–289
        Gabriel Palacios 72-70–142
        Alejandro Villavicencio 82-73–155
        Juan Ricardo Davila 74-74—148

30    Zimbabwe 143-147–290
        Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa 70-72–142
        Keegan James Shutt 82-75–157
        David Amm 73-76—149

31    Austria 147-144–291
        Christoph Bleier 73-71–144
        Fabian Lang 78-73–151
        Florian Schweighofer 74-77—151

32    India 150-142–292
        Yuvraj Singh 74-70–144
        Rohit Narwal 79-72–151
        Shaurya Bhattacharya 76-73—149

33    Thailand 149-145–294
        Ashita Piamkulvanich 74-70–144
        Parin Sarasmut 75-75–150
        Jiradech Chaowarat 75-77—152

34    Singapore 154-142–296
        Ryan Ang 78-71–149
        Hiroshi Hirahara Tai 79-71–150
        Troy Storm 76-78—154

35    United Arab Emirates 155-153–308
        Ahmad Skaik 80-74–154
        Rayan Ahmed 79-79–158
        Thomas Nesbitt 76-80—156

36    Guam 169-158–327
        Nalapon Vongjalorn 84-78–162
        Markus Nanpei 86-80–166
        Eugene Park 85-86–171